People can connect via music in ways that words alone can't always. It may uplift or depress individuals, as well as inspire them to keep pushing on. It's common in anime for the music style to be very well-liked. Fans, however, usually find that hearing about stories of individuals getting together and creating music is what they like the most. They anticipate what will happen next and the fantastic music they could hear as a result.
The true essence of anime lies in the way it expresses its art and emotions, despite the fact that there are many factors that go into creating a compelling story through this medium. The audience's attention and appreciation are frequently captured by musical components that drive these elements.
Even fantastical settings seem more realistic thanks to music
It goes without saying that the aesthetic of anime can captivate all kinds of audiences, from children to adults. Whether a coincidence or not, the art style in anime that centers around music is always charming and highly stylized. However, the fact that the music genre in anime is often relatively realistic in terms of core content and tone can create a kind of surreal appeal. This is exactly the case with Carole & Tuesday, a charming and delightful series that takes viewers through a journey combining music and sci-fi.
The story takes place 50 years after mankind has moved to Mars and the world now has more AI than humans. Whether it's pets, assistants, or even music creators, nearly everything is done with the help of AI. The dynamic architecture and city structure speak of the technologically advanced world. Carole & Tuesday perfectly blends its incredible music with a unique setting and plot line, whose music forms the backbone of the entire show.
How Music Can Facilitate Healing
It's not unusual for various anime to feature tragic backstories to help viewers sympathize with the characters. However, anime in the music genre mostly explores the grounded realism of ordinary life, the beauty of its simplicity and the relatable problems that people face while following their passions. Shows such as Given are all about ordinary lives and simple storylines that could easily become boring if not for their portrayals of musical and personal struggles. Given itself tells the story of Mafuyu, a high school boy who always carries a guitar with him despite not initially knowing how to play it. As he learns to do so, making new friends along the way, his past is slowly revealed to the audience.
Not too long before the current events of the series, Mafuyu's boyfriend Yuki killed himself after getting into an argument. This leaves Mafuyu unable to comprehend his own emotions. As someone with a troubled childhood, he already had trouble displaying his emotions. Now, with the sudden loss of his loved one, Mafuyu is not able to feel any kind of emotion. As the story continues, Mafuyu divulges more of himself, helped along by the power of music, and also finds new love, all the while keeping Yuki close to his heart. The backstory in this series sets a foundation for the main plot, while the biggest component of this is how Mafuyu uses music to move on with his life.
Excellent music and the work that went into it
The process of making music and the effort put into it has always been able to capture viewers' attention. Even if the story is simple, it's still enjoyable because of the rejuvenating element of the work. In anime such as Forest of Piano and Stop This Sound, viewers get to see the hard work and dedication put into creating a string of melodies. Forest of Piano is a story about two boys, different in every possible aspect yet sharing the same passion for music. The story highlights both natural talent and trained skills through its protagonists. The majority of the series covers their struggles to compete in an international piano competition.
Meanwhile, in Stop This Sound, viewers learn more about the traditional Japanese instrument called the koto and its influence on Japanese culture. The series takes the audience on a journey that showcases the rich history and culture of Japan in a modern setting, as a group of high school students decides to join the koto Club for different reasons. Somehow, the club ends up with seven members, most of whom have little to no experience playing the instrument at all. Nonetheless, they strive to win the nationals and make a name for their school. As they set their goals high, they put all the time they can into practicing and honing their skills. Their commitment to their shared goal and drive to push others to do their best is what draws the viewers in.
Putting Emotions and Music Together
Music can make people feel all sorts of emotions. In a way, viewers partake in this emotional experience of music together. The ideas that music evokes are not just limited to feelings and emotions. Anime music is usually distinctly Japanese in sound or direction, and yet it transcends language and can be enjoyed by fans all over the world. Even if the language is not understandable to many, listeners can determine the feelings behind that music clearly. This is integral to the success of these anime, as, in the music genre, the songs themselves are a major part of the core storytelling.
For example, in Given, Mafuyu sings a song called Fuyu no Hanashi, dedicating it to his late boyfriend. The scream in the song and the torrent of feelings in the music are able to connect with the viewers and make them understand how exactly he feels about the death of his loved one. Until that moment, Mafuyu is shown to have a reserved personality and isn't able to express himself in front of others. Even though the audience knows he is sad about the death of his boyfriend, his feelings were kept beneath the surface. However, what words can't do, his song does, allowing the audience to suddenly learn far more about him through just one song. This is an example of the power that music holds and why anime about making music is often so well-received by viewers.